Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the four laws ratifying the annexation to the Russian Federation of the occupied Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. All areas, however, not fully controlled by the Russians, with Kiev troops advancing right in the Kherson area forcing Moscow to retreat.
"The borders of the new subjects of the Federation, as shown in the treaties, will be determined by the borders that existed on the day of their formation and acceptance in the Russian Federation", reads the text of the law.
And while Iranian kamikaze drone attacks were recorded overnight in Bila Tserkva, in the Kiev region, causing fires, injuries and damage to infrastructure, Borrell announces: "The war has entered a new phase , but a dangerous phase, because it is a traditional war against a nuclear power: it is a worrying scenario and we must show that we will continue to support Ukraine. Russia continues to have superiority of fire and strength ".
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Putin: "We will take back the lost territories"
The Ukrainian counter-offensive on the ground seems unstoppable but Moscow warns that it will take back all the territories of the new annexed regions which, according to him, have been "temporarily abandoned".
Putin: "Indisputable referendum results"
"The situation in Donbass will be stabilized. Russia will be able to develop these territories easily". This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by TASS.
"The results of the referendums" in favor of the annexation to Moscow of the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia "will not be questioned" because the consultations "were perfectly transparent, convincing and objective", he added.
Putin's decree, the Zaporizhzhia power plant is Russian
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree formally placing Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Russia's list of federal assets. Tass reports it. Moscow had already annexed the region where the plant is located.
A decree that "has no validity," replies Kiev.
Kiev, the liberation of the Lugansk region has begun
"The liberation of the Lugansk region has begun, several settlements have already been liberated by the Russian invaders": the head of the regional military administration Sergy Gaidai announced in a video message, as reported by UNIAN. Gaidai did not specify the name of the liberated settlements.
Moscow, the Zaporizhzhia power plant will operate under Russian authorities
Moscow believes that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant should operate under the supervision of the relevant Russian agencies. This was stated by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin. The main objective is to ensure "nuclear safety" and "the normal operation of the nuclear power plant, which is now located on Russian territory and consequently must operate under the supervision of our competent agencies", said Vershinin at a press conference. today in Moscow, quoted by Interfax.
Kiev, a torture chamber discovered in Pisky-Radkivski: shocking photos
"A torture chamber in Pisky-Radkivski. 2 photos. A gas mask placed on the head of a victim who was covered with a burning rag and buried alive. And a box of gold dental crowns. A mini Auschwitz. How many. Will others be found in occupied Ukraine? ". The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense writes on Twitter. Yesterday, the Ukrainian police reported that they had discovered a torture chamber in the village of Pisky-Radkivski, in the Kharkiv region, recently taken over by the Kiev army. In which the occupants would have kept local residents in inhumane conditions.